Moorcroft horse training courses start soon

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Clinic had a very busy 2011.
Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Clinic had a very busy 2011.

MOORCROFT Racehorse Welfare Centre, based at Huntingrove Stud, Slinfold, had its busiest year to date in 2011, with a full yard of horses and a waiting list throughout the last 12 months. At the same time, the centre has continued to retrain and rehome retired racehorses in its care.

Chairman Tim Fox said: “Our new indoor school has been invaluable in the retraining process, especially during snowy periods last winter. It has also been put to good use by our manager, Mary Henley-Smith throughout the year by holding clinics and demonstrations, which have been well attended throughout, especially a series of evening events.”

He added that a much-needed storage barn had been built in spring, which has enabled the centre to buy hay in bulk during the summer, with 2,000 bales stacked ready for the winter period.

By popular demand an evening course will be held in the indoor school on four evenings in February- February 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7pm-8.30 or 9pm. This follows on the heels of two particularly popular courses in October and November last year.

Mary said: “Since then we have had many requests to run another. Everyone is welcome, whether just starting out and having lots to learn, or whether in need of a refresher to bring knowledge more up-to-date. The staff here enjoy giving courses and we will cover training methods that we have found helpful, particularly with these ex-racehorses, but also for any horse in need of good basic training to make it a more comfortable riding horse.”

The cost as usual is £15 per evening and all proceeds go directly to help the horses at the centre. To book, call Mary on 07929 666408.

Fundraising is vital for the centre and a successful raceday at Plumpton in October, where 330 guests had lunch in a marquee, raised more than £45,000 to help keep it going,

Some of the latest horses to be successfully rehomed from Moorcroft include Una Auroraborealis, a seven-year-old mare who was placed twice on the Flat. She joins another ex Moorcroft horse, Metropolitan Man, at an excellent home in Norfolk. She has lots of talent jumping, and good paces, and as a relatively young horse, has plenty of time to settle and mature. Charming Oscar, previously trained by Bob Buckler, was a winner over fences and placed several times.

Now ten, he has been successfully retrained and gone to a good home in Hertfordshire, where he is enjoying hacking and schooling.

New arrivals at the centre include Victory Shout, seven, who had only five runs for trainer John Best, and We’ll Make It, who won twice and was placed five times over jumps for Horsham trainer Gary Moore. They will all be retrained in coming weeks and suitable new homes will be sought for them.

If you would like more information about giving a home to a retrained horse from Moorcroft, or want to know more about courses or how to donate to this very worthy charity, call Mary on 07929 666408